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Push for local rail services to be restored

Friday, 10 March 2023 17:21

By Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporter

Northern Rail will be pushed to restore the services it plans to cut in May by the end of the year.

Yesterday we reported that in its next timetable change, Northern Rail plans to cut the number of off peak services running between Bradford and Skipton and Ilkley.

It would mean that from May the number of trains on each line between 9.30am and 3pm will fall from one every half hour to one an hour.

It will vastly reduce the number of daytime services stopping at stations including Keighley, Steeton & Silsden, Cononley, Burley and Ben Rhydding.

Northern has said the cuts were needed due to staff shortages, which have required last minute cancellations in recent months.

The next timetable change, when the services would be restored, will not be until December.

At a meeting of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee today, Bradford Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said the Authority was pushing for Northern to restore the services as soon as possible.

Northern cut the number of services on the Bradford to Skipton/Ilkley lines last May, only to restore them in December.

At the Transport Committee, Cllr Hinchcliffe, who is also chair of the Committee said she hoped the half hourly service was restored as soon as possible. She said: “The Bradford to Skipton and Ilkley services are being reduced in the daytime. We’re really pushing Northern to think about improving this issue in December.

“These are services we rely on very much in our District to serve people living in the Aire Valley Corridor.”

She pointed out that after pressure from the Combined Authority, Northern had agreed to keep the current service levels at peak times.

 

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